It's finally beginning to hit me...autumn is actually on its way. Yesterday was my late day at work, and as I was walking home from the subway, I noticed that darkness was already setting in. I hadn't even noticed that before. I know it's been in the works; it doesn't happen overnight, but I guess it was just so darned hot and humid, I closed my eyes to all the hints of fall.
It was such a wonderful night. Because it was getting dark, everyone was all in their homes, and the neighborhood was quiet and peaceful...not the treacherous maze of toys, bicycles, baby carriages, and screeching children that I usually have to walk through. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE children and am rather impatiently waiting to become a grandmother, but I live in a neighborhood where the women have one child after another....so I would venture to guess that on my block alone there must be at least 75 children. Now, imagine them all out riding bikes or running up and down the sidewalk, baby carriages in front of almost every home, and you have the picture.
Why, I was even finally able to spend some time out in my backyard. It's always hard for me to fall asleep on Thursday; it's partly due to the fact that I need time to unwind after work, but also, I think, a bit psychological. You can actually psyche yourself up NOT to fall asleep. It was simply magnificent out there. The air was cool, and there was an ever so slight breeze. The moon, not yet full, was shining brightly in the sky.
Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers - for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are. --Osho
Life should never be so busy that we don't take the time to appreciate and bless our beautiful planet...the land...the waters...and all that surrounds us. We can do this in our daily lives by stopping to reflect on the color of the sky, by appreciating a bird that sits on our back fence or on the branch of a majestic old tree, by taking in the scent and beauty of a flower...or simply enjoying the breeze on your skin.
According to the Huna teachings, in order for any of us to gain health, we must strive to create a state of pono or balance in our lives, and Nature can provide use us with many tools that will help us to heal. Thus, when we connect with nature, we can find healing in the earth, in the wind, the plants, the stars, the water....all of Her wonderful gifts. Try the following little Huna exercise daily.
At sunrise, use this time to energize yourself and to set your intentions for the new day...and then, as the sun sets, take time to reflect and to let go by imagining that the setting sun takes away any negativity from the day or any aspect that needs forgiveness.